Lynden Gooch reveals the secret behind his Wembley winner as he explains his big Sunderland wish
Lynden Gooch has revealed the key role Lee Johnson played in his Wembley winner.
The Californian latched onto Aiden McGeady’s goal to fire Sunderland to a win over Tranmere Rovers – as they lifted the Papa John’s Trophy in what was their first win at the national stadium since 1973.
And the goal owed much to head coach Johnson, who had pinpointed a potential weakness in the League Two side prior to the clash.
“The gaffer showed us some clips before the game of the left-back getting really tight,” said Gooch, speaking to EFL on Quest.
"I just decided to run in behind, and obviously Aiden has that quality to pick you out. He’s got loads of assists this season.
"Then I just tried to hit the target as best as I can, and luckily it went in!”
It was fitting that Gooch, a player who progressed through the club’s academy and who has been involved in the tough times of recent years, as the man to net the winner.
The 25-year-old has been through more than most at the Stadium of Light, but says all the pain was worth it for moments such as those seen at Wembley on Sunday.
"I came to Sunderland when I was 10-years-old. 15 years now, it’s been a long time.
“It’s what dreams are made of. I came here to be a Premier League footballer and made that dream come true.
"Unfortunately the last few years have brought a lot of pain and heartache – but it’s been worth it for days like this.”
And now, Gooch is hoping that the Wembley win can prove a further catalyst for the club.
The arrivals of Johnson and new chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus – who was involved in the celebrations at Wembley – have lifted the mood on Wearside, and the winger is hopeful that this is just the start for the Black Cats.
"I think it’s re-energised, not just the players but the fans as well,” he added.
"Obviously we’re really excited for the future and hopefully it’s the start of a new, positive era for the club.”